In this instructable I'll show you the basics of belt making. A few specialized tools are used but you can get away without some of them if you're creative. If you are on this site, you probably are. So have at it!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
-Leather- I usually use 8 to 10 oz. full grain vegetable tanned leather for my belts. ( tandyleatherfactory.com ) You can also buy pre-cut belt blanks if you don't want to buy a whole side of leather. If you are going to make a ton of belts buy a side. If only one, buy a blank.
-Buckle (This one is 1 1/4" solid brass, nickel plated garrison buckle from buckleguy.com )
-Thread (optional for embellishments )
-Edge paint ( also optional. If you buff edge really good you can just dye it )
Tools (from left to right)
-knife- snap off utility knifes are great
-3/16" hole punch
-Stitching groover (not totally necessary but cool for putting decorative or stitching grooves in)
-Edge beveler ( You can just sand the edge if your a cheapskate )
-Wing divider ( you can skip this too if your just doing a bit of leather work. Used to mark the tongue holes)
-Scratch awl ( Use whatever pointy thing to mark stuff on leather )
-gloves ( for dyeing )